Realistic Evaluation shows how programme evaluation needs to be, and can be bettered. It presents a profound yet highly readable critique of current evaluation practice, and goes on to introduce a `manifesto' and `handbook' for a fresh approach.
The main body of this book is devoted to the articulation of a new evaluation paradigm, which promises greater validity and utility from the findings of evaluation studies. The authors call this new approach `realistic evaluation'. The name reflects the paradigm's foundation in scientific realist philosophy, its commitment to the idea that programmes deal with real problems rather than mere social constructions, and its primary intention, which is to inform realistic developm
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Instead of looking simply at changes in overall crime rates , Laycock directed her
outcome measurements towards precise theoretically expected effects , paying
particular attention to those where burglary reduction would most strongly be ...
There was overall a sense of helplessness and hopelessness amongst many on
the estate . Some were ashamed to live on it . Despite all this Foster and Hope
note a ' bedrock of neighbourliness ' with 51 % ' talking to or friendly with two or ...
Table 5.2 A realistic reconstruction of aspects of Kirkholt Context + Mechanism
Outcome pattern + A high - crime area marked by very high rates of reburglary
Lower rates of revictimization together with a reduction in the burglary rate overall